Texas Gov. George W. Bush was the target of a 1997 assassination plot by a right-wing separatist group called the Republic of Texas, according to the Dallas Morning News.
The newspaper said the FBI, which learned of the plot, never informed the governor's security staff. The information came from an FBI informer who had infiltrated the anti-government group.
Bush's security staff was stunned to later learn of the threat, the newspaper reported. The FBI said the bureau did not regard the threat on Bush's life as credible.
Bush, who is the front-runner for the GOP presidential nomination, declined to comment on the marter.
The Morning News reported that the informer, Robert Cyrus Stewart III, said he attended two meetings at which members of the Republic of Texas discussed Bush's assassination. Stewart said he had cased the governor's mansion and believed the threat on Bush's life to be real.
He also claimed the Republic of Texas leader Richard McLaren wanted to shoot down the governor's airplane.
In 1997, members of the group engaged in a six-day standoff with police at McLaren's mountain headquarters.
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